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Axalta Hosts Award-Winning Students from Mexico for U.S. Internship at its Michigan Coating Manufacturing Plant

July 20, 2015
By Business Wire News


Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, is hosting a kick-off event to welcome two interns from University of Superior Technology Studies of Chimalhuacan in Mexico to its Research and Development Center at its Mt. Clemens, Michigan coating manufacturing plant.

The students, Victor Arellanes and Juan Carlos Zarate, are winners of the Axalta Mexico Science Award. They participated in the 2014 Science and Engineering Fair, sponsored by the State of Mexico’sScience and Technology Council of Mexico (COMECyT) and won for their project titled, Recycled PET-based Pavement. They are the first winners to receive this inaugural award from Axalta that includes a summer internship. Arellanes and Zarate will work alongside Axalta researchers in Michigan and take part in the investigation of rheological agents that interact with automotive coatings. The third student who was on this winning team, Jorge Ivan Lobato, will intern at Axalta’s Research and Development Center in Tlalnepantla, Mexico.

“Axalta is an avid supporter of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education (STEM),” said Karin Becker, Axalta Waterborne Research Supervisor. “It is our pleasure to provide students with hands-on experience in a manufacturing setting. We are happy to host the two winners of the Axalta Mexico Science Award.”

“We are very excited about the internships at Axalta’s Michigan and Tlalnepantla Research and Development Centers. They offer us the opportunity to work with scientists and different machines and equipment that we would not have access to otherwise,” said Arellanes. “We thank Axalta and COMECyT for giving us this opportunity, and especially for their support in encouraging and recognizing the talent that exists in Mexico.”

Axalta promotes and supports initiatives designed to assist and endorse science and technology. Axalta established the Axalta Mexico Science Award to support students participating in the 2014 State of Mexico’s Science and Engineering Fair and help develop the future STEM leaders of tomorrow. We are pleased to offer this important cultural knowledge exchange.

About Science and Technology Council of Mexico (COMECyT)

The COMECyT is a government institution of the State of Mexico that promotes and encourages the development and training of students and it organized the 2014 State of Mexico’s Science and Engineering Fair. For more information visit and follow it @comecyt on Twitter and

About Axalta Coating Systems

Axalta is a leading global company focused solely on coatings and providing customers with innovative, colorful, beautiful and sustainable solutions. From light OEM vehicles, commercial vehicles and refinish applications to electric motors, buildings and pipelines, our coatings are designed to prevent corrosion, increase productivity and enable the materials we coat to last longer. With more than 145 years of experience in the coatings industry, the 12,000 people of Axalta continue to find ways to serve our more than 120,000 customers in more than 130 countries better every day with the finest coatings, application systems and technology. For more information visit and follow us @axalta on Twitter.

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